How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Vicky Lamb Your Own Question

Dr. Vicky Lamb
Dr. Vicky Lamb, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 892
Experience:  15 yrs small animal veterinarian
433937
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Dr. Vicky Lamb is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

is there something I can give my puppy for her teething ...

Resolved Question:

is there something I can give my puppy for her teething pain or put on her gums? I am trying the frozen wash cloth for her to chew on but she is really miseralbe?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Vicky Lamb replied 6 years ago.

How old is your puppy?

What are her symptoms?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Reply to Dr. Vicky Lamb's Post: She is 12 weeks old, she is trying to chew on her greenie and when she chews she wimpers. She has been rather subdued for her...normally is a very active puppy. We gave her a frozen wash cloth to chew on hoping that would help a bit and it seemed to. She seems to want to chew but when she does it hurts her.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
forgot to ask, is there something we could put on her gums to numb the pain for her? or baby aspirin we could give her? we would like her to feel better : )
Expert:  Dr. Vicky Lamb replied 6 years ago.

At 12 weeks old, she should not be losing her teeth yet. The incisors, the tiny teeth in front of the mouth, start to fall out at approximately 14-16 weeks, then the other teeth follow.

However, a greenie may be just too hard for her fragile puppy teeth. She could have even broken a baby tooth on the greenie. You should check her mouth out if the symptoms of pain persist, or if you aren't sure, you can have your vet check the mouth. A broken puppy tooth can be painful, and sometimes needs to be pulled out so that it doesn't continue to bother the pup until it would fall out naturally. I have seen pups get an infection from a broken puppy tooth, and it was quite painful, they run fevers, and require antibiotics.

The frozen cloth is a good idea in the mean time, and baby aspirin can be used in pups, but I would need to know specifically how much she weighs in order to help with a dose. I would not recommend giving an aspirin unless you know for sure she is having a problem with her teeth. If she has an upset tummy, the aspirin will make her worse. I do not recommend anbesol, as some dogs have reactions to the medication in this pain reliever.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Reply to Dr. Vicky Lamb's Post: Hi

This is my sisters pup and she is away at her summer camp and not near her normal vet, anyway I was incorrect about her age she was born on Aug 3rd and weighs 27lbs. She is definitely teething as she has lost the majority of her baby teeth already. My sister is checking for her for broken teeth. Any additional suggestions are welcome thanks!
Expert:  Dr. Vicky Lamb replied 6 years ago.
Ok, she is definately in prime teething age!! If there are no other issues other than teething, you can go ahead and give 1 baby aspirin every 12 hours for pain relief. Give it with food, and if it causes any stomach upset (vomiting), diarrhea or loss of appetite, do not continue to give it. Continue with the frozen cloths. They also make toys that can be wet and frozen for teething puppies. Pet supply stores usually carry these. This might be better and safer than a frozen cloth. Let me know if you have more questions.
Dr. Vicky Lamb, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 892
Experience: 15 yrs small animal veterinarian
Dr. Vicky Lamb and 7 other Dog Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
< Last | Next >
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
  • $1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15 Carol Cedar Hill, MO
  • I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all! Judy New Haven, CT
  • I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers. Nina USA
  • I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!! Jasmine's Mom USA
  • Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there! Sonya G Easley, SC
  • Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge! Cathie M Pompano Beach, FL
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/Jav917/2012-2-20_54059_201221802254JoananddavidArchuleta3.64x64.jpg Joan's Avatar

    Joan

    Vet Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    4544
    Vet Tech for over 30+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/jadedangel57/2011-11-8_193134_janenewsm.64x64.jpg Jane Lefler's Avatar

    Jane Lefler

    Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst

    Satisfied Customers:

    13847
    Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 16+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ER/ERPetNurse/2011-11-7_1293_b.64x64.jpg Candy's Avatar

    Candy

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    7108
    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    A Voice for Your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    4704
    19+ years experience in small animal medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    4430
    UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/VetAnswers/2013-4-5_8257_prof10.64x64.jpg Scott Nimmo's Avatar

    Scott Nimmo

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3977
    BVMS, MRCVS.
 
 
 
Chat Now With A Dog Specialist
Dr. Vicky Lamb
Dr. Vicky Lamb
515 Satisfied Customers
15 yrs small animal veterinarian